Hello and welcome to Portland Tree Tour. I notice trees as I drive kids around and walk my dog in Portland, Oregon. As someone who loves gardening, birding, hiking, and being outdoors in general, I can’t stop noticing and admiring trees. My hope is that others will also notice and admire them, so here I go.
One day last month, my daughter wanted to ride her bike around the neighborhood. I had an idea to take the camera with me to capture something for this blog. I mentioned nothing to Naomi, yet she stopped and got off her bike and approached a tree that I would not have noticed – a Japanese snowbell, a small specimen with dessicated brown fruits still clinging to its otherwise bare winter branches. Touching them, she remarked, “Isn’t this beautiful? I stopped my bike so I could admire it.” I took a photo of her next to the tree. We continued on with our walk, and I noticed we were passing Richard Seidman’s former house from the days he lived in the neighborhood and was Executive Director of Friends of Trees.